WILKES-BARRE – A man and woman sentenced in February on charges they abused a teen boy by forcing him to touch the woman inappropriately are facing probation violation charges after a probation officer found they possessed pornography, took a birthday outing at a local amusement park and had inappropriate contact with their dog.
James Antonelli, 68, of Sugarloaf, and his wife, Jennie Marie Moore, 48, with a last known address of Ashley, were sentenced in February to 30 months probation in a case in which prosecutors say the boy, now 17, was abused by Antonelli and Moore beginning in April 2007.
Antonelli pleaded no contest to a charge of criminal conspiracy to commit indecent assault while Moore pleaded no contest to indecent assault. Judge David Lupas ordered the two to register under Megan's Law for a period of 10 years and to have no contact with minors or places minors frequent.
A probation officer said he learned of the violations in a phone conversation and visit.
According to the Luzerne County probation department, on June 6, Moore called the probation office and admitted that she and Antonelli were having sex with their Golden Retriever.
"(Antonelli) and his wife put themselves in danger by having sex with a dog who was not vaccinated," a violation report says.
Probation officers also found pornographic images on a computer belonging to the couple and said videos of pornography including dogs, horses and adults were found at Antonelli's home.
On Aug. 3, the probation office said the two went to Knoebel's Amusement Park in Elysburg to celebrate Moore's birthday, also a violation of their probation since they are not permitted to be in places children frequent.
Antonelli also failed to pay $100 towards restitution owed in the case, the violation report says.
A hearing is scheduled for Oct. 26 before Judge David Lupas. Moore and Antonelli could be resentenced in the case.
The couple's attorney, James Scallion, could not be reached for comment.
In the case in which Moore and Antonelli were originally sentenced, the boy told police that sometimes he was locked out of a residence when it was cold and rainy, and he was forced by Antonelli to perform a sex act on Moore. The boy said he was assaulted if the act was unsatisfactory.
Sheena Delazio, a Times Leader staff writer, may be reached at 829-7235.